Recently it has been reported that there has been a slowdown in smart home sales and that others have questioned what the killer app is for the smart home. There seem to be two main general use cases so far or pillars even, one of energy saving and the other of security. Comfort for me is the third, but this product is all about the first - Energy.
It was really after a week or two that things started to settle down to show all of devices throughout the home as numbers and then to match them up, there are some great videos on youtube showing how much energy can be saved. But that's really not where the fun is. The kit comes with 1 plug that can be switched off via the Smappee app, in the home or outside to save on energy. Buying the 65 Euro kit to have 6 more and two physical remotes meant I could have a few in areas where I have energy guzzlers, or where I don't frequent so often, or something that is not controllable/automated.
That's where the fun comes in as Smappee also has a watch app, so now I have control of the garden lights right from my watch. Schedules can be setup and triggers of one device being turned on to switch another, although I haven't got the last part to work so well yet.
It does have an IFTTT channel which means further possibilities and triggers, and links to Smartthings too, more of that to follow in a later post.
Smappee is easy to install, requires patience and should provide ROI of 1-2 years. But the low cost connected plugs are a great find, and provide the magic third pillar of the smart home = Comfort/Convenience.
Just a guy with lots of smart home tech: